In preparation for my first Alpine climb next summer (Mt. Adams), I was thinking today about all the great pictures I am going to take while on the mountain. That got me thinking about the camera i planned to take: I have a Nikon DSLR that I use for my normal camera. But I realized that this isn't what I'd want to take with me, because:
a) it's heavy
b) it would need to be in the main compartment of my pack, and thus I'd never never take it out except in camp and on the summit
c) and thus, I'd have few pictures
My thought was to grab a good quality, potentially ruggedized (new Nikon AW100 maybe?) point and shoot that would provide me good quality photos, but would be small and light enough that it could be packed easily accessible on the outside of my pack somewhere (hip belt?) so I have easy access to it while climbing. The last thing I'd want to worry about while trying to keep my balance at 13,000 feet was how to reach and grab my camera.
So, I thought I'd inquire from the community of experts: for those that take a camera with them (especially for alpine climbing), do you take a DSLR or a smaller point and shoot? How do you pack it? And, even, what model do you folks use/suggest?